Charlotte youth hockey
Have a hockey player in your family? The Checkers are involved with various Learn to Play programs and also offer youth hockey at the highest level with the Tier AAA Jr. Checkers program.

The Learn to Play programs outlined below (First Goal and Mini Checkers) are for kids aged 8 and younger.

If your child is older and has no previous experience, please check out the Hockey U program at Extreme Ice Center. If your child is older and does have experience, please find their appropriate age group in Extreme Ice Center’s Metro League or Rush Travel programs.

FOR TRUE BEGINNERS - FIRST GOAL PROGRAM

The Carolina Hurricanes’ First Goal program, held each summer, offers six full on-ice sessions and a full set of hockey gear to keep. Previous skating experience at one of Extreme Ice Center’s Learn to Skate programs is recommended but not required. This program is open to kids aged 5-9.

This initiative is for kids who have not already played in a house league or higher or have previously been registered to a USA Hockey or Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey program. This is an introduction to the great game of hockey for first-time players. At the conclusion of the First Goal program, participants will receive a recommendation to continue with one of two programs listed below.

Registration for the summer of 2019 is now open! Click here to learn more about and sign up for one of two sessions at Bojangles' Coliseum starting Wednesday, Sept. 11.

NEXT STEP - 5-STAR PROGRAM

Charlotte Youth Hockey
Depending on the evaluations of coaches from the First Goal program, participants may receive a recommendation to continue playing in the 5-Star program at Extreme Ice Center.

The program consists of five different levels (Star 1 through Star 5), each of which focuses on different skating techniques and hockey skills. This is a year-round program open to ages 3-6 that consists of consecutive six-week sessions. The First Goal program is not a prerequisite for the 5-Star Program, but some previous skating experience (through Extreme Ice Center’s Learn to Skate program or by an in-person evaluation) is required. Certain pieces of equipment are included with each level.

For the latest 5-Star dates and registration info as well as a breakdown of skills covered in each level, please visit Extreme Ice Center’s website.

NEXT STEP - MINI CHECKERS U6 AND U8 PROGRAMS

For kids with playing experience from First Goal, 5 Star or another youth program, 6U and 8U Mini Checkers teams, presented by First National Bank, play year round at Extreme Ice Center.

Both divisions will meet twice each week – once for practice on Wednesdays and again for games on Fridays. Register now on Extreme Ice Center's website!

All participants will receive their own Mini Checkers jersey to keep. Full hockey gear, including mouth guard, is required.

COMPETITIVE TRAVEL HOCKEY - JR. CHECKERS AAA

This competitive travel program pulls players from all over the southeast. Practices and games are held at rinks throughout the region, including Bojangles' Coliseum.

The Jr. Checkers are pleased to announce that the organization is planning on having the following AAA teams for the 2019-20 season:
  • 11U Pee Wee Minor
  • 12U Pee Wee Major
  • 13U Bantam Minor
  • 14U Bantam Major
  • 15U Midget Minor
Tryouts for the 2019-20 season at the 11U, 12U and 13U levels were held on May 4-5 at Extreme Ice Center. Tryout information for the 14U and 15U teams will be held a later date. Click here for more information.

For more information on the Jr. Checkers AAA program, please contact Derek Wilkinson at [email protected].